teju

noun
te·​ju | \ təˈzhü \
variants: or less commonly tegu \ -​ˈgü \
plural -s

Definition of teju

: any of several large blackish South American lizards of the genus Tupinambis (family Teiidae) that have yellow or white bands across the back, grow to a length of about three feet, often raid hen roosts, and are hunted as pests and for their flesh which is regarded as a delicacy

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History and Etymology for teju

Portuguese tejú, teiú, from Tupi & Guarani tejú, teyú

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“Teju.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teju. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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